Back in October I wrote a blog entry in response to my time at the Catalyst Conference and a workshop session led by Mark Batterson of National Community Church. As I came back to the passage Mark shared today in the reading from 2 Samuel, I was reminded of David's mighty fighting men who accomplished great feats. One man in particular, Benaiah, chased a lion into a pit and killed it on a day when there was a snowfall. What a strong reminder that we are supposed to live in such a way that we face our fears. Most people would run at the sight of a lion, but not Benaiah. He chased it into a pit. Recently I was talking with one of my students from church, and we were talking about fear. It dawned on me that: Courage isn't the absence of fear, it's the overcoming of it. Certainly we will always have fears; but we can't allow ourselves to be debilitated by them.
Mark wrote a book on this, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. I haven't started reading it yet, but it's on my bookshelf waiting for its turn. I'll share my thoughts after I read it.